Well, I saw my doctor yesterday and he said I am healing wonderfully and can go back to work August 2nd....WHAT? : This is exactly 6 weeks from when I had my surgery.
He said 6 weeks is the magic number and that all incisions are healed as strong as they are ever going to be and I could lift, push, pull, etc and should be just fine.
I feel really nervous about
this due to the nature of my job. I am a bus driver and it is very hot on the bus with no air....plus, I have still struggled with my output being at or above 1200 cc per day. He told me to take immodium and to drink alot. He was very dismissive with me and I feel like he didn't listen to my concerns at all. He rushed in and back out. I am too much of a wimp and need to get some back bone....
Do ya'll think I will be okay to go back to work? The temperatures can reach 120 degrees on the bus. Has anyone else with an ileostomy dealt with temperatures like this and could give me some advice?
Or would it be better if I called my doctor and asked him to write me out of work until September, when the temperatures are a bit cooler? I would not be so freaked out if I had the ileostomy longer and my outputs were not so high. Dehydration is my only concern! I can't risk anything happening to me when I have 70 innocent children on the bus, in my care.
On another note, I feel GREAT physically and have been walking on my treadmill 1 to 2 miles a day or going to Walmart or Target to walk. I have not walked outside due to the heat because it is so sooo hot here as we are in a heat wave. I live in Georgia. I still have not smoked, so I am on day 31 with no cigarettes. I hope to remain a nonsmoker, but it is a daily struggle to remain smokefree as smoking cigarettes is a psychological addiction much more than a physical addiction.
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy